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  • UNDP launches SME support programme in Balochistan

    QUETTA: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Pakistan and the government of Balochistan launched the Suppliers Development Programme (SDP) here on Wednesday...

    The programme aims to improve stability and promote economic development by providing technical assistance and support to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in setting up and expanding their businesses...

  • Pakistan must boost tax revenue to finance development: UNDP

    ISLAMABAD: The top official from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the Asia-Pacific region has said that low tax-to-GDP ratio is critical for development in Pakistan and the government should look into the taxation issue, which is complicated as well as sensitive...

    UN Assistant Secretary-General and Regional Director of UNDP for Asia and the Pacific Haoliang Xu upon the conclusion of his four-day visit to Pakistan...

  • UNDP sees Pakistan’s neglect behind lingering of water disputes with India

    ISLAMABAD: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) says that Pakistan’s negligence in conducting a sound analysis of trans-boundary water issues and delays in presenting the cases of dispute with India to the Indus Water Commission or the World Bank on the issues related to the Indus Waters Treaty have caused the issues to linger on and remain unaddressed...

    Focusing on water security situation in Pakistan which is the most...

  • Pakistan last country to fall in 'Medium Human Development' group, says UNDP

    Pakistan's Human Development Index (HDI) ranking is 147, making it the last country to fall in the 'Medium Human Development' group in the 2016 Human Development Report published on Wednesday by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)...

    According to the UNDP website, the composite Human Development Index (HDI) integrates three basic dimensions of human development, which include:Life expectancy at birth reflects the ability...

  • Japan, UNDP to help ECP in holding polls

    ISLAMABAD: The Japanese government and the United Nations Development Prog­ram­me (UNDP) will under a project help strengthen the Election Commission of Pakistan’s capacity to hold elections in the country in an effective manner...

    Japanese Ambassador to Pakistan Takashi Kurai and UNDP Country Director Ignacio Artaza on Wednesday signed an agreement with the ECP to provide $5...

  • UNDP agrees to assist PHEC

    LAHORE: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has agreed to assist in strengthening the newly-established Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC)...

    In order to materialise the assistance, UNDP Country-Director Marc-André Franche and PHEC chairman Prof Dr Mohammad Nizamuddin on Monday signed a Letter of Agreement (LOA) at commission’s office at Arfa Software Technology Park here in the presence of vice-chancellors of...

  • Lack of capacity is the culprit: UNDP

    BASED on both data and evidence, Pakistan has not achieved most MDG targets, and its behind others in the region except Afghanistan...

    Reasons? Country Director of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Marc-Andre Franche points his figure towards the “lack of capacity to plan, implement and deliver results”...

  • Accord signed with UNDP over areas hosting refugees

    ISLAMABAD: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the government of Balochistan on Thursday signed a cost-sharing agreement worth Rs100 million to provide assistance to the areas which have been experiencing social, economic and environmental impacts of hosting refugees from Afghanistan since 1979...

    The agreement was signed by outgoing UNDP country director Marc-André Franche and Balochistan’s planning and development...

  • Ahsan Iqbal appointed UNDP’s ‘champion minister’

    ISLAMABAD: Minister for Planning, Development and Reform Ahsan Iqbal has been appointed the United Nations Development Programme’s ‘champion minister’ from the Asia Pacific region in recognition of his efforts to promote the sustainable development goals (SDGs)...

    The title was conferred on him during the UNDP’s 50th anniversary ministerial meeting at the UN Headquarters in New York, the planning commission announced here on...

  • China, UNDP sign accord to help crisis-hit areas of Fata, Balochistan

    ISLAMABAD: In a unique example of South-South coll­aboration, China and the UNDP Pakistan signed a $4 million agreement on Friday to provide assistance over four months in crisis-affected areas of Fata and Balochistan...

    At the signing ceremony, Chinese Ambassador Yao Jing said “the successful launching of the project renews our commitment to deliver strong support to the people of Pakistan...

  • Judoka Shah Hussain to be Pakistan's flag bearer at Rio Olympics

    KARACHI: Judoka Shah Hussain will be Pakistan's flag bearer at the Rio Olympics, kicking off in Rio De Janeiro from August 5, Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) Director Akhtar Ganjera told DawnNews on Wednesday...

    Traditionally, the captain of the Pakistan Hockey Team used to lift the national flag at the Games...

  • Change of plans: GM Bashir to bear Pakistan flag at Rio Olympics

    RIO: In a drastic change of plans on the eve of the Rio Olympics opening ceremony, the Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) on Thursday nominated shooter Ghulam Mustafa Bashir, also known as GM Bashir, to bear Pakistan's flag despite having named Judoka Shah Hussain for the task earlier...

    Well-placed sources told DawnNews that there were differences between the PSB and the Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) over who would be Pakistan's flag...

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